- The Washington Times - Friday, March 16, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a shamrock ceremony and meets with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern at the White House; travels to Camp David.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

9:15 a.m. — Federal Reserve releases a report on industrial production and capacity use for February. Location: 20th and C streets Northwest. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Occupational Safety and Health Administration holds a meeting, “Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation.” Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-1950.

9 a.m. — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention holds a meeting of the Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health to discuss reducing the exposure to secondhand smoke. Location: Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Horizon Ballroom. Contact: 770/488-5278.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Appropriations legislative branch subcommittee holds a hearing on the Government Accountability Office, Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Compliance. U.S. Comptroller General David Walker and Acting Public Printer William Turri testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at noon in a pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on whether White House officials followed appropriate procedures for safeguarding the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Witnesses include Mrs. Plame, lawyer Mark Zaid and Victoria Toensing of DiGenova & Toensing LLP. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154. Contact: 202/225-5051.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure railroads, pipelines, and hazardous materials subcommittee holds a field hearing, “Role of Human Factors in Rail Accidents.” Witnesses include Grady Cohen Jr. of the Federal Railroad Administration and Bob Chipkevich of the National Transportation Safety Board. Location: City Council Chamber, Municipal Plaza Building, 103 S. Main Ave., San Antonio. Contact: 202/225-4472.

GENERAL AGENDA

Broken economies — all day — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition holds its annual conference, “Broken Economies: Making Markets and Government Work for All Communities.” Events begin at 7 a.m.

Highlights — 7 a.m. — Martin Gruenberg, vice president of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. board of directors, delivers remarks.

10:15 a.m. — “Fundamentals of Counseling: Empowering Consumers”

Noon — Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, John Reich of the Office of Thrift Supervision and Linda Chavez-Thompson of the AFL-CIO

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 703/798-3109.

Korea-U.S. trade — 9 a.m. — The Global Business Dialogue Inc. and the Korea Economic Institute hold a discussion, “The Status and Outlook of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.” Participants include assistant U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler and Choi Seok-young of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/463-5074.

Kazakhstan’s oil — 9 a.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “Disrupting the Balance: Russia’s Efforts to Control Kazakhstan’s Oil,” with Kimberly Marten of Columbia University. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Small business — 10 a.m. — The Small Business Administration holds a hearing to give leaders from business organizations and trade associations an opportunity to comment on unfair or excessive federal regulatory enforcement that affects their members and small businesses nationwide. Location: Environmental Protection Agency, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/205-6987.

Writing lecture — noon — The Library of Congress holds a lecture, “Confessions of an Historical Novelist: Writing Fact and Fiction,” by Katherine Vaz of Harvard University. Location: Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 202/707-7302.

Press conference — 2 p.m. — The Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition holds a press conference to discuss this weekend’s march on the Pentagon. Participants include Cindy Sheehan, Carlos and Melida Arredondo, and Salt Lake City Mayor Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson. Location: Henry Bacon ballpark, 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/544-3389 or 415/269-7917.

Exhibit reception — 6:30 p.m. — The Palestine Center holds a reception for a new exhibit, “Khaldiyeh’s River Rock Story and Other Stories of Resistance,” with paintings, photographs and installations by Doris Bittar. Location: Palestine Center, 2425-35 Virginia Ave. NW. Contact: 202/338-1290.

Iraq war anniversary — 7 p.m. — Sojourners/Call to Renewal holds a worship and procession to the White House to mark the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war. Participants include Jim Wallis of Sojourners/Call to Renewal and Bernice Powell Jackson of the North American Conference of the World Council of Churches. Location: Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues Northwest. Contact: 202/481-8147.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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